The Natural Soul

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The Natural Soul
Studio album by Lou Donaldson
Released 1962
Recorded May 9, 1962
Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs
Genre Jazz
Length 49:07 CD reissue
Label Blue Note
BST 84108
Producer Alfred Lion
Lou Donaldson chronology
A Man with a Horn
(1961-3)
The Natural Soul
(1962)
Good Gracious!
(1963)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
All About Jazz (favorable)[2]

The Natural Soul is an album by jazz saxophonist Lou Donaldson recorded for the Blue Note label in 1962 and performed by Donaldson with Grant Green, Tommy Turrentine, Big John Patton, and Ben Dixon.[3]

The album was awarded 4 stars in an Allmusic review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine who states "The Natural Soul finds Lou Donaldson delving deeply into soul-jazz, recording a set of funky, greasy instrumentals with only a few references to hard bop... The original compositions — which form the bulk of the album — aren't much more than blues and soul vamps, but they provide an excellent foundation for the combo to work hot grooves. And, in the end, that's what The Natural Soul is about — groove. It maintains the high standards Donaldson established with his first soul-jazz foray, Here 'Tis, and remains one of his best records in that genre".[4]

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by Lou Donaldson except as indicated
  1. "Funky Mama" (Big John Patton) - 9:08
  2. "Love Walked In" (Gershwin, Gershwin) - 5:12
  3. "Spaceman Twist" - 5:38
  4. "Sow Belly Blues" - 10:13
  5. "That's All" (Alan Brandt, Bob Haymes) - 5:36
  6. "Nice 'n' Greasy" (John Adriano Acea) - 5:27
  7. "People Will Say We're in Love" (Hammerstein II, Rodgers) - 7:53 Bonus track on CD

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic Review
  2. ^ All About Jazz review
  3. ^ Lou Donaldson discography accessed December 8, 2009.
  4. ^ Erlewine, S. T. Allmusic Review accessed December 8, 2009.